Hermitage R-IV School Board Meeting

September 21, 2020

The Hermitage R-IV Board of Education held its monthly meeting on Monday, September 21, 2020 at 6:30 PM. The superintendent, Dr. Justin Yates, provided updates on school improvements completed during the summer. The board participated in a facility walk through to discuss potential future building plans as well to get a better understanding of the structure of classrooms based on CDC recommendations.

Executive session included discussion of personnel and records protected from disclosure pursuant to R.S. Mo.610.021(3) and 610.021(13). The school board heard building administrators provide progress updates of new staff.

In new business, several new policies were approved regarding Board Member Conflict of Interest and Financial Disclosure; Staff Conflict of Interest; Taxing and Borrowing Authority and Limitations; Setting Tuition for District Programs; Purchasing; Employee Walkouts, Strikes and Other Disruptions; Employee Alcohol and Drug Testing; Academic Calendar; Class Size; Graduation Requirements; Transfers within the District; Transfers outside the District; Eligibility to Enroll; A+ Schools Program; and Searches of Students.

The Board of Education also approved a Memorandum of Understanding between Hermitage Public Schools and Central Missouri Community Action Head Start agreeing to a full partnership. The Board of Education also approve a new policy designating school staff as “Essential” employees. The school would work in conjunction with the Hickory County Health Department to allow a Hermitage staff member to return to work after being quarantined as long as the staff member test negative and follows designated safety protocols until the 14 day quarantine expires.

Commendations were issued to:

1. Richard Turner for Delivering Concrete for Track Facilities

2. Steve Scott Concrete for completing the concrete finishing work for the track facilities.

3. Melissa Acker for filling in for Mrs. Kobe by leading Professional Development Virtual

Education workshops for teachers and staff.

4. Cassandra Pyeatt with "Fill a Backpack" program

5. Springfield Grocer with a monetary donation to PTO for school supplies

6. First Baptist Church for providing beginning of the year teacher motivation treats

7. Emily Christian and Abigail Irek for earning the American FFA Degree